With Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake processors finally on the market, prices of existing CPUs have started to fall off a cliff. AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X which debuted at $449 is now going for just $299 at Micro Center. That’s a discount of $150. In comparison, its direct competitor, the Core i5-12600K is available for $319.99, making sure that the midrange Zen 3 SKUs are still relevant.
Strangely, the Ryzen 5 5600X which is a hex-core part (5800X is octa-core) is just $20 cheaper than the 5800X with a selling price of $279.99. I reckon once the Core i5-12400F lands, this part will also see a price cut to at least $229.
Finally, we have the Ryzen 9 5900X and 5950X going for $499 and $699, respectively. These two processors are still priced $50 higher than their Alder Lake competitors (12700K and 12900K) either due to better supply or increased multi-threaded grunt. Either way, the market prices should further drop as Intel ramps up production of its new hybrid core processors and AMD announces its Zen 3D lineup sometime in early 2022.